In a single blink of an eye, the week passed us by and we found ourselves once again trying to make our Sunday Funday last as long as possible. It was probably around 11:30 a.m. when we decided that we were going to make our last weekend “cheat day” really count. Our Sunday plan was to get turnt by some delicious dishes complemented by some good, soul soothing laughs at La Estación Bakery.
*via text, 11:25 a.m.
Gaby: Good morning! You up? You want to go grab some breakfast?
Trisha: I just finished having some scrambled egg whites with tomato.
Gaby: Wait a minute? What? I asked if you have had breakfast not some crummy snack. You know you want some good food!
Trisha: Fiiiiine lol I think I’ll be ready to go get some “real” food at 1:00 p.m. Does that work?
Gaby: Yaaas! But let me forewarn you, we may be “brunching it”, but this place has no Sunday Funday drinks. (I was expecting for Trisha to send me a “shocked emoji” via text)
Trisha: (in disbelief) Are you sure you're okay with that? Are you feeling ok?
Gaby: Yes, I am. Trust me. The food is THAT good. Meet me at La Estación.
La Estación has been part of the Mission community for quite some time, but every day there are new people that discover this hidden gem close to Pecan and Shary. Besides the obvious pan dulce and cakes, their almuerzos are the best thing on their menu (Ok, ok! Everything is delicious, but these are just over the top). As we waited for our whole party to arrive, we would ask our waitress, “What did the gentleman over there get?” or “What did she order?” Without failure, our server would always read something out from the breakfast menu. They have Huevos Divorciados, a la Mexicana, Rancheros, con Machacado, Migas, Chilaquiles, Enfrijoladas. We drooled over every dish that came out way.
As we waited a little longer, a basket of chips and mini bolillos with butter made their way to our table. Be forewarned, the red and green salsas on the table are not for amateurs. You will, however, probably inhale those bolillitos like a pro; they are exactly what you expect from freshly, home-baked bread.
Our server asked us one more time, “Are you still waiting for someone else?” She probably asked us this, either because she didn’t believe us or she just wanted us to start ordering already. Well, whatever the reason was, we ended up ordering a small Menudo. You know, just to get the juices flowing. Also, there was nothing “small” about that portion size!
The rest of the gang arrived and, in a matter of seconds, we ordered Tacos de Carnitas, Chilaquiles Toluqueños, Enchiladas Suizas, Sopa de Fideo y Caldo Tlalpeño (for one) and even got an off-menu item by request, Choriqueso con Frijoles refritos and freshly made maiz tortillas.
Our dishes arrived and all conversation came to a halt. There was an occasional “hmmm” and “ahhh”, a bit of finger pointing to ask our neighbors to share a bite and for a solid 20 minutes, we were all on Cloud 9.
As we finally came up for air, we grabbed the menu once again
Gaby: Ma’am, can I please have a Cafe Lechero and concha con crema?
Server: Which flavor?
Gaby: I looked over to my right and I see the word “Vanilla” being mouthed. Well, you saw it! We’ll take the vanilla concha.
Trisha: Wait a minute! What do you mean a concha con crema? What kind of crema?
Gaby: It’s basically a concha cut in half, lightly toasted with butter, and with some crema poured all over it (like the cream that comes with fruit dishes).
Trisha: Ooooh! Ok. She’ll take the vanilla, I’ll take the chocolate.
Another treat for visitors to La Estación is the combination of these conchas con crema y Cafe Lechero. Cafe Lecheros are basically coffee with milk, but it is in the way that these are prepared. A small, wooden cart with a standing plexiglass wall is brought to your table. Behind the plexiglass, a tall glass with a third filled with coffee stands next to a copper kettle filled with boiling milk. The server begins to pour the piping hot liquid. As this is being done, the kettle is slowly lifted above the server’s head and the milk falls from the air to the glass to create the perfect amount of froth. This is a tradition normally done in Veracruz.
La Estación Bakeryis located at 2534 East Griffin Parkway, Mission, TX 78574. Their hours of operations are Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information you can reach them (956) 519-8335 or follow them on Facebook @estacionbakery if you’re feeling extra hungry!
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.